Number One:

You’re always daydreaming about your current work in progress. A work in progress could be an idea that you have, or a plot that you’re in the middle of brainstorming, or a book that you’re half-way through writing, or big article you are trying to finish for a client.

Whatever stage of the writing process you are in, if you are working on a freelance project, you are probably thinking about it constantly.

Maybe you’re trying to work through a touch research issue, maybe you just have a new perspective on the topic playing in your head, maybe you’re just thinking about characters in a book, or your world, whatever it is, it’s not leaving your mind.

That means whenever you’re not writing, you are thinking about that project.  This is especially true if you are writing a book.

Writing a book is a time consuming thing, so it’s common for writers to find that wherever they are, a part of their mind is always working on their next project.

Number Two:

You frequently ask, “How could I describe this?”

When you get caught in a rainstorm—”How could I describe this?”

When you get a paper cut—”How could I describe this?”

When you smell something really delicious—”How could I describe this?”

When you’re sick, and feeling miserable—”How could I describe this?”

No matter what experiences we have, freelance writers frequently take from their own experiences to write about. This could be the mundane, from getting stuck in traffic, to eating your favorite food to visiting really interesting places. But ultimately, the way to get that hint of reality is to think about our experiences and tweak it so that it fits our work.

Number Three:

We feel guilty for not writing.

This isn’t really a fun one, but freelance writers often feel guilty when they are not writing. Even if they have already written that day, or they are not currently working on a project, there’s often this feeling like you should be writing ALL THE TIME.

It’s common, a lot of writers deal with it, and the best way I know to get around it is to write.

Number Four:

The most important sign you are a freelance writer is that.. you write.

If you write, you’re a writer, period. If you write and you call yourself an aspiring writer, get rid of the aspiring because you are already a writer.

When you get down to it, this is the only requirement for calling yourself a writer: just write.

If you love writing, and you write, you’re a writer. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


What about you?  Comment below on other signs that you are really a freelance writer!

    4 replies to "How To Know You Are Really a Freelance Writer"

    • Mé Shelle Fae

      You get some form of compensation. Otherwise you’re a writer who helps people out. What makes you a freelance writer is bartering for currency, goods, or services.

    • Xevris

      I feel like all the limitations of my vessel disappear when I write. This leaves me with no limits, enabling me to reach echelons I never knew existed. I don’t really know what this means for freelance writing, but that’s how I feel when I write. Also, I really like this article of yours…or blog. Whatever it is.

      • Jon Pennington

        I know the feeling! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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